Taylor, Riverview and Southgate adopted resolutions calling for Wayne County and state of Michigan to allocate a portion of American Rescue Plan Act funds they receive toward the replacement of the Downriver Utility Wastewater Authority’s outdated ultraviolet disinfection system.
The estimated cost of replacement is $8 million.
During its July 14 meeting, DUWA presented the project — which is needed due to the obsolescence of replacement parts — to elected officials in the 13 communities that are part of the Authority.
Riverview and Taylor adopted resolutions July 18 and 19, respectively, calling for the state and Wayne County to allocate ARPA funds for the system replacement. Southgate adopted the resolution July 20
ARPA funds received by the county and state separately from the federal government will be distributed to cities with populations less than 50,000.
According to Riverview’s agenda, these funds can be used for public health and infrastructure projects, including investments in sewer infrastructure.
If the replacement system was instead funded by DUWA, sewer rate charges on customers in the 13 communities could increase.
The other communities from which DUWA is seeking support are Allen Park, Dearborn Heights, Lincoln Park, Southgate, Wyandotte, Belleville, Brownstown Township, Ecorse, River Rouge, Romulus and Van Buren Township.
Dearborn Heights has a similar motion on its July 26 meeting agenda.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected])